Peter Little on CSHL Past & Present
  Peter Little     Biography    
Recorded: 30 May 2003

They changed over the years. I mean the most striking thing is that we now have good food. Everyone must tell you about Cold Spring Harbor food. It used to be the worst food in America without any chance at all. So now when they changed their food, it was an incredible change. The meetings have changed, yes. The meetings have changed as the biology has changed. They’re very different from what they were ten years ago because biology has changed really dramatically, and in genomics more so than anything else.

Peter Little is a bioinformatics researcher, professor of medical biochemistry and the head of the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He received his Ph.D. working with recombinant DNA under Ed Southern and Peter Walker at Edinburgh University. In 1976, Little cloned a human gene – the second time this was ever accomplished.

Little’s laboratory studies the genetic basis of gene expression, and genetic variation as it pertains to the regulatory regions of the genes. He has hypothesized that there are two types of genetic variation that alter gene expression. His lab has also created advanced techniques for testing genetically influenced transcript variations.

He comes to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory regularly for genome meetings and symposia.